Pew applauds rules that will make sure foreign processors are following U.S. food safety standards to prevent contamination in an increasingly globalized food supply.Full Story
Improving food safety is critical in the United States, where an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease occur annually. Food contaminated with dangerous bacteria and other pathogens such as E. coli and Salmonella cause an estimated 3,000 deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Foodborne illnesses are particularly dangerous for vulnerable groups, such as young children and older adults, and can lead to long term health problems or even death.
Pew seeks to reduce health risks from foodborne pathogens by strengthening federal government authority and the enforcement of food safety laws.